Thales ProMark™3 reduces survey time
Thales has recently introduced ProMark3 with which surveyors can reduce their fi eld data collectiontime by up to 33%, saving critical time and resources that all add up to profi tability for surveyors. It is also the first all-in-one GPS survey solution in the industry to offer both centimeter accuracy in post-processing and GIS capabilities included in a single rugged package. It provides submeter, real-time accuracy using WAAS or EGNOS, centimeter level accuracy in post-processing,and keeps working even in urban canyons and dense foliage using optimized multi-path mitigation.
PCI Geomatics focuses on automation in Geomatica 10
Geomatica 10 introduces automatic ground point collection through advanced image-correlation technology. Automated ground control point collection, combined with Geomatica® OrthoEngine® satellite and air photo models, enables fast and accurate orthorectifi cation. Geomatica Version 10, the latest technology from PCI, distributed in 120 countries worldwide, has been offi cially launched at ‘Hotel Intercontinental the Grand’, Barakhambha Ave, Connaught Place, New Delhi on 2nd February, 2006 in the presence of 100 end-users of our products and services.
Leica Geosystems launches Britain’s RTK network
Great Britain will have the first commercially available broadcast RTK network, Leica SmartNet, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is based on raw data from the Ordnance Survey network of GPS base stations. This network, known as OS Net, comprises around 90 permanent nationally deployed GPS reference stations, however OS Net is commercially available only via partners. This service is live since Jan’06 and is available as a broadcast correction service to subscribers via GSM or GPRS technology.
NovAtel Inc. announces GPS+GLONASS Capability
NovAtel Inc announced that its new line of OEMV GPS receivers will also be capable of tracking satellites from the growing GLONASS constellation. Initial releases of the OEMV-2 and OEMV-3 models are expected to be available to customers by the end of March and will include dual-frequency GLONASS measurements as an option. Future
releases will include full position and Real-time Kinematic (RTK) options as well as a GLONASS enabled, single-frequency OEMV-1 model.
SiRF unveils first multifunction platform
SiRF Technology Holdings,introduced SiRFLink, its first multifunction architecture, and SiRFLinkI a corresponding product line that utilizes the synergies between GPS and Bluetooth for the benefi t of key customer applications in a range of consumer platforms and accessories. In parallel SiRF also announced that it has acquired Impulsesoft,an innovator in Bluetooth stereo and embedded software solutions,whose expertise provides some of
the key differentiation capabilities that enhance the user experience for products incorporating SiRFLink
Topcon introduces GPT-8203M total station
The GPT-8203M is a new addition to Topcon’s 8200 series of long range refl ectorless total stations. This precision instrument is specially designed to expedite layout of form work, structural components, anchor bolts, as well as all other construction elements that require accurate positioning. Onboard software and a servodrive
work together to automate point stakeout. All its models feature advanced EDM, enabling refl ectorless measurements up to 1,200 meters. With a standard prism, the measurement range is extended to 7,000 meters – almost 23,000 feet.
NZAM Ltd purchases ALTM 3100EA
Optech Incorporated, has announced the sale of its fi rst ALTM 3100EA Airborne Laser Terrain Mapper to New Zealand Aerial Mapping (NZAM) Limited, oldest operating aerial survey company in the world.
The ALTM confi guration selected by NZAM is the most advanced and comprehensive system delivered to date.
Trimble unveils its autopilot systems
Trimble introduced its new AgGPS® Field Manager™ display, a next generation user interface for the AgGPS Autopilot™ systems providing automated steering and other precision agricultural functions.“The FieldManager display offers virtually every feature an automated guidance user-from entry level to the technically advanced-could want,” said Erik Arvesen, general manager of Trimble’s Agricultural Division. “The display is intuitive
and easy-to-use; no operator manual is needed.”
Coordinates February 2006 25 Contex unveils new family of 3D Printers
Contex unveiled its fi rst line of 3D printers, enabling organizations to quickly and affordably create physical 3D models in office environments. Just as conventional desktop printers emit hard copies of documents, 3D Printers build physical models of real-world objects, such as engine parts, buildings, and landscapes. Engineers use these
physical representations of electronic design concepts to communicate more effectively with customers, partners, and suppliers. 3D printing is widely used in engineering markets including computer-aided design (CAD); GIS
and architecture, engineering and construction (AEC).
Garmin’s iQue 3000: GPS Power in the Palm of Your Hand
Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltdintroduced the iQue 3000, a newly-styled, entry-level Palm Powered personal digital assistant (PDA) that offers fully integrated GPS technology. The iQue 3000 expands Garmin’s iQue Palm OS PDA product line, which currently includes the iQue 3200 and iQue 3600. The iQue 3000 welcomes users with Garmin’s easyto-use “where to” or “view maps” interface.
MapKing Malaysia Peninsular Launched
MapAsia.com launched “MapKing3D GPS Navigation” in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. “MapKing3D GPS Navigation” is the flagship consumer line product of MapAsia.com. “Intelligent Traffi c Infrastructure provides up-to-date, higher efficiency and safe traffi c services in some modern countries and GPS Navigation is an important
component in the infrastructure. In Malaysia, for providing joyful driving experiences, or at least alleviating the hardship in fi nding destinations, driving at night, recording your driving track or Point of Interests,
MapKing GPS Navigation will bring a new era of driving experience to millions of drivers, Pocket PC users and fi eld workers.” Stanley Ng, CEO, MapKing said.
TatukGIS DK used for homeland security
The TatukGIS Developer Kernel (DK) product has been used by the Israeli company IDAN Computers Ltd for the GIS and graphics rendering functionality in its popular IMPS Mission Planning System and Oblivision image handling and analysis technology. These products are used for mission planning and situational awareness management
by military, homeland security, law-enforcement, emergency rescue, fire response, municipal.
Microsoft Corporation acquires GeoTango
MSN has announced that it has acquired Toronto-based GeoTango International Corp. The acquisition furthers MSN’s rapid push into creating an immersive mapping and local search framework that enables users to easily find, explore, discover and share information and content for anywhere on earth.
ESRI forms strategy with Beijing Capital Company, Ltd.
ESRI announced that it has signed an agreement with Beijing Capital Company, Ltd., to form a strategic relationship to implement ESRI’s ArcGIS enterprise software solution for water development projects in China. Beijing Capital Company, Ltd., is a listed company in China, and its primary business is the investment and management
of public infrastructure. The company’s focus on the Chinese water market includes the urban water supply and waste water treatment sectors.
ORBIMAGE completes acquisition of Space Imaging
ORBIMAGE Holdings Inc has fi nalized the acquisition of substantially all of Denver-based Space Imaging’s assets. The combined company will now do business under the brand name GeoEye. GeoEye is the world’s largest commercial satellite imagery company with a pro forma combined revenue for 2005 of approximately $160 million. The purchase price was approximately $58.5 million less amounts which were paid by Space Imaging on its existing debt as well as certain other adjustments.
CSI’s Hemisphere GPS acquires aerial guidance competitor
CSI Wireless Inc announced that its Hemisphere GPS division is acquiring Del Norte Technology Inc. of Euless, Texas, for US$940,000. The transaction is effective January 1, 2006, and is expected to close prior
to January 31, 2006. Hemisphere GPS will purchase the Del Norte business and assets including working capital of approximately US$250,000 — for US$940,000 in cash. Canada NewsWire Autodesk to promote Carl Bass to President and CEO Autodesk, Inc. (Nasdaq: ADSK) announced that Carl Bass, the company’s chief perating officer, has been named president and chief executive offi cer, effective May 1,2006. Bass also has been appointed to the company’s expanded Board of Directors, effective immediately. Carol Bartz, who has served as CEO since April 1992, will become the company’s fi rst Executive Chairman of the Board.